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COOLEY SPECIAL EVENTS:

September 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Reed College Chapel

Dr. Iris Müller-Westermann, Senior Curator of International Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, lectures on the work of pioneering Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint. Dr. Müller-Westermann is the curator of the groundbreaking 2013 exhibition Hilma af Klint, Pioneer of Abstraction—the first-ever retrospective of Hilma af Klint’s visionary, spiritual paintings, drawings, and artist books.


September 12, 2014, 4:00–8:00 p.m., Cooley Gallery

Please join the Cooley and exhibiting artist Wynne Greenwood for the opening of STACY.
At 7:30 p.m. Reed's own PHAEDRA will perform in front of the library. PHAEDRA is a safe space: the project of Marisa Barone, Vita Haas, Mimi Howard, Charlie Mitchell, and Genevieve Ward.

STACY

SEPTEMBER 2 – OCTOBER 19, 2014

RECEPTION: September 12, 4–8 p.m.
Cooley Gallery, free and open to the public

The Cooley Gallery is proud to present Stacy,
a commissioned project by visionary queer feminist performance artist Wynne Greenwood.

Stacy is part of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's 2014 Time-Based Art Festival.

CULTURE-HEALING
. Wynne Greenwood transforms the Cooley Gallery into a studio and performance space in order to re-engage her groundbreaking art band Tracy + the Plastics in relationship to her most recent experimental video, installation, and object-based work. Over the past year Greenwood has re-created each of Tracy’s performances—completing this archival rebirth while in residence at the Cooley. Stacy nurtures Tracy + the Plastics into contact and conversation with its own future, creating a queering space of intimacy, humor, and hope.

Tracy + the Plastics
presents an expansive vision of public and private identity in which Greenwood performs live, as Tracy, with her two projected collaborators: Nikki (on keyboards) and Cola (on drums). The three women sing, banter, and chat—unfolding their relationship across seductively electric gaps of meaning through music and conversation, and gesture and inaction. In Greenwood’s words: “When an individual in a marginalized group talks to a recorded image of themselves it empowers the individual to open the door to the understanding and celebration that she/he/they can be deliberate.” Similarly, Greenwood’s most recent installations incorporate video and object-based works to create spaces of symbolic encounter.

Stacy’s
world is one of seductively open and tangled inclusiveness, echoing the words of queer theorist Lauren Berlant: “If we understand that everything we do is going to be flawed and awkward and slapstick, we have a better chance at surviving our disappointments on behalf of a political goal. I think it's the job of writers and critics and artists and everyone to create better objects for better fantasies—which is to say, objects that offer the possibility of less cruel-optimistic relations." Stacy seeks to dwell beyond the survival of disappointment, even, embracing awkwardness and failure as strategies for imagining, forming, and reaching toward collective personal and political goals.



Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist who incorporates video, performance, music, and object-making to practice, in the artist’s words “culture-healing.” Greenwood’s performances, installations, and object-based works have been included in exhibitions at independent and institutional spaces across the globe including: the Tate Modern, London; the 2004 Whitney Biennial, NYC; The Kitchen, NYC; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles; Soloway, Brooklyn; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and Lawrimore Project, Seattle. From 1999–2006, Greenwood performed the celebrated multimedia art band Tracy + the Plastics. Since 2006, Greenwood has shifted her focus to installation and object-based work. Recently, Greenwood participated in Anti-Establishment, a group exhibition at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, and released the full-length music album A Fire To Keep You Warm. Greenwood teaches performance and video at Seattle University.

Stacy
is curated by Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, and Wynne Greenwood.

A full-color book, published at the close of the exhibition, will document Stacy and the wider context of Greenwood's work, with texts by Snyder, Greenwood, and invited authors, and designed by Heather Watkins, Portland, Oregon. The publication is made possible through the generous support of The New Foundation, Seattle.

Loans to the exhibition are made possible through the generosity of the Bonnie Bronson Fund, Portland, Oregon.

Images courtesy and copyright of the artist.








THE DOUGLAS F. COOLEY MEMORIAL
ART GALLERY, REED COLLEGE
3203 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD.
PORTLAND, OREGON 97202-8199


HOURS: NOON TO 5 P.M., TUESDAY – SUNDAY, FREE
LOCATED ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE REED LIBRARY


The mission of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is to enhance the academic offerings of Reed College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia in its role as a teaching gallery.

The gallery was established by a generous 1988 gift from Sue and Edward Cooley and John and Betty Gray "in support of the teaching of art history at Reed College, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the art history component of Reed's distinctive humanities program." Exhibitions are coordinated in collaboration with Reed faculty members and courses, with attention to the needs and interests of the larger Portland and Northwest arts communities. A schedule of three to four exhibitions during the academic year brings to Reed and the Portland community work that would not otherwise be seen in the region.



 
Stephanie Snyder
John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director
Office: 503.777.7251
Fax: 503.788.6691
Cell: 503.367.7004
snyders[at]reed.edu

Colleen Gotze
Registrar and Program Coordinator
Office: 503.517.7851
Fax: 503.788.6691
gotzec[at]reed.edu

Greg MacNaughton
Education Outreach Coordinator
Calligraphy Initiative Coordinator
Office: 503-517-7677
Cell: 503.929-3663
Fax: 503.788.6691
macnaugg[at]reed.edu

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